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29th March 2016  Content supplied by: Neogen Europe Limited

Four New Tests for Veterinary Drug Residues in Foods

Neogen Corporation have introduced four new tests for the detection of veterinary drug residues in food.

The new tests detect clenbuterol, avermectins, florfenicol, and oxytetracycline. Each of the new tests are in Neogen’s proven Veratox® brand format, which provides an accurate, rapid, cost-effective and easy-to-use diagnostic method compared to instrument-based tests, including HPLC and mass spectrometry. The Veratox format provides the flexibility of screening samples at a certain threshold, or providing quantitative results.

Neogen’s new tests detect:

  • Clenbuterol, which is a growth promotant that is known to cause adverse reactions and death in humans. It is not approved for use in food-producing animals in many countries, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
  • Avermectins are antiparasitics used world-wide to treat both humans and animals. They are commonly used as broad-spectrum antiparasitic agents against parasites affecting livestock.
  • Florfenicol is a broad-spectrum antibiotic with a range of activity similar to that of chloramphenicol, including many Gram-negative and Gram-positive organisms. In the U.S., florfenicol is used in the treatment of multiple diseases in aquaculture, as well as respiratory diseases in cattle and swine.
  • Oxytetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is in the tetracycline class of antibiotics. It is FDA-approved for use in food producing animals, and is frequently used in animal production for its aggressive antibacterial and pharmacokinetic properties.

Neogen also offers rapid veterinary drug residue tests for beta-lactams, tetracycline, ractopamine, malachite green and chloramphenicol in food products.


Date Published: 29th March 2016

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